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Zambo City to host 9th Bird Festival on Feb 27-March 1
Zamboanga Today Online
Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism IX (DOT) announced yesterday the holding of the 9th Philippine Bird Festival in Zamboanga City from February 27 to March 1, 2014.

Event organizers and co-organizers said the hosting of bird festival aims to promotedbirding in Zamboanga City, to raise awareness on the importance of preservation and protection of different bird species found in the city, and to drum up positive activities geared towards improving the image of the city, especially to international birding enthusiasts whop are regular delegates to the Philippine Bird Festival.

This festival, which is hosted for the first time by Zamboanga City, targets participants from international and local birders including international and local conservation non-governmental organizations, national government agencies' regional offices, local government units, as well as students and residents of the city of Zamboanga.

It also highlights some component activities such as information and education campaigns through a series of lectures and activities, and exhibits featuring birding and other eco-tourism destinations and activities.

DOT officials said delegates will have a safe and fun experience birding in Zamboanga City and shall become ambassadors of goodwill, promoting the city as a must-visit birding destination in the Philippines.

As part of the festival, participants will experience birding tour in Baluno forest, city tour, welcome dinner, opening ceremony parade, simultaneous activities like the bird quest for grade school students, guided brid watching trip for students at the Zamboanga State College of Marines Science and Technology (ZSCMST) , nature walks for students at Intake Watershed and Bog Lake, DOT night, bird watching at night along Mayor Jaldon Street.

The participants will also experience another simultaneous activities during the culminating day of festival - lecture series for college students at Centro Latino, guided bird watching trip for students at ZSCMST Fishpond, nature walk for students at Intake Watershed, guided bird watching trip for delegates at Intake Watershed and Bog Lake, bird quest for grade school students, guided bird watching trips for students at ZSCMST fishponds, nature work for students at Bog Lake, farewell dinner, cultural show by Jambangan Dance Troupe and ZSCMST dance troupe, and awarding of winners.

Gina Mapua, president of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, invites everybody to go to the birding and participate in all the activities of bird festival. "You can bring your children and enjoy. They will definitely enjoy all the activities that we have prepared for you or the citizens of Zamboanga City."

In October last year was the original schedule for the 9th bird festival but the event organizers were unable to push through due to unavoidable circumstances, especially the siege in Zamboanga City.

"But we promise that we will hold the 9th Philippines Bird Festival in Zamboanga City. A promise is a promise. So see you onFebruary 28 and March," said Ms. Mapua.

For her part, DOT IX Regional Director Mary June G. Bugante said she hopes that the people of Zamboanga, especially the members of the media would support the bird festival.

Ms. Bugante in previous bird festival in Manila tapped the Jambangan troupe to perform in the launching of the festival that was in sync with the 10th Anniversary of the Wild Bird Club of the a way of attracting tourists, diplomats and bird experts to visit Zamboanga City for the 9th Philippine Bird Festival in the city.

The Bird Festival in Zamboanga City is co-organized by DOT IX and in close partnership with DENR, City Government of Zamboanga, ZSCMST, WMSU, CHED, DepEd, DILG, ZCWD, Camera Club of Zamboanga, ECOZONE, Barangay Calarian, Barangay Baluno, ZCPO-Tourist Police Unit, TFZ, PNRC-Zamboanga Chapter, and TIEZA.

By Hader Glang